Friday, October 4, 2013

Single Point Perspective

Film and photography by definition are a two dimensional medium. They are flat. Half of our jobs as film makers is to break that view and bring our audience into the picture as if it is happening right in front of them.One of the ways we can do this is by changing the perspective of the shot, adding depth of field to our image. One specific technique for adding depth of field is using a single point perspective. For those who don't know what single point perspective is, think about standing in the center of a railroad track and watching it disappear into the distance.
One of the greatest film makers of all time used single point perspective in many of his films. Stanley Kubrick has been regarded as one of the best directors in the history of film. His films include, The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket, A Space Odyssey 2001, Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon and many more.The single point perspective is apparent in all of these films. But what I have been taught many times is don't make a symmetrical shot. Set the eye line just off from center. By watching great film makers we see that being the best, means breaking all the rules.

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

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